Production on Zack Snyder’s Justice League has been underway for months, and one of the biggest casting mysteries has now been solved with the news that Game of Thrones star Ciarán Hinds will portray Steppenwolf.
The Wrap confirmed the Irish-born actor – best known for his portrayal of wildling leader Mance Rayder in HBO’s hit fantasy series – has recently completed the motion-capture procedure for his role as the film’s primary villain.
When some film journalists visited the Justice League set earlier this year, producer Deborah Snyder declined to reveal who was up for Steppenwolf, citing ongoing contract negotiations. It’s not clear when Hinds began working on the film.
Fans have long been under the assumption Darkseid would be the villain of Justice League, especially considering his antagonistic relationship with the team in the pages of DC Comics. But shortly after the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. revealed a deleted scene featuring Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor aboard the crashed Kryptonian ship, standing before a towering alien creature clutching a trio of Mother Boxes.
Reports from the set of Justice League hint strongly that Mother Boxes will play a key role in the upcoming film, and could be instrumental in bringing the team together. It also explains the presence of our villain: the Mother Boxes are technology from the planet Apokolips, where Steppenwolf is a high-ranking military commander. In DC’s New 52 reboot, he leads an army of Darkseid’s parademons in a massive invasion of Earth-2, killing that world’s version of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in the process.
Granted, the chances of our three central heroes perishing in Justice League are pretty much non-existent, but fans will likely be relieved to know that Snyder and his team are continuing to use the source material to craft their onscreen universe. And with another Justice League movie planned for 2019, there’s a strong possibility that we’ll at least catch a glimpse of the next threat that will bring the team back together.
Since leaving Game of Thrones, Hinds has become attached to the horror series The Terror, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. It’s set to debut on AMC next year starring Jared Harris and Tobias Menzies.
Justice League is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 17, 2017.
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